[January 12 2017]
Throughout his career, John Baldessari has explored the correlations and contrasts between painting and photography, and between image and language.
The current series, “Miró and Life in General”, continues this investigation into the history of painting. Each work features a detail from one specific Miró painting and pairs it with a seemingly incongruous Hollywood film still, displaying what Baldessari refers to as ‘Life in General’. Each pairing is further partnered with a word – Reliable, Necessary, True, Unfailing, etc. – each a synonym of the other. Neither the original root word, nor the specific Miró painting are revealed, asking viewers to respond in their own way and to create their own new composite meaning.
John Baldessari’s “Miró and Life in General” exhibition runs until February 25th at Marian Goodman Gallery, London.
Photo Flo Kohl